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Lay Ministries at St. James

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Mary Boutwell

Director of Lay Ministries

After a long career in human resources, and as an active volunteer at St. James Episcopal Church and Day School, Mary joined the St. James staff in 2014 to help lead parishioners to the ministry best feeding their soul and passion.

Contact Mary by email, or phone her at 225-421-3543, to get involved!

Lay Ministry News from Mary:

Posted on Wed, December 27, 2017 at 12:03:00 pm

On any given day at St. James, you'll find an army of parishioners working to further our mission to the parish, city, and world -- from altar guild to ushers, from greeters to food pantry workers, from choir members to Sunday school leaders, from those who grill burgers to those who deliver food or flowers to parishioners and friends, and many, many more -- we are blessed to have so many remarkable people volunteering their time and talents.

We do this for the glory of God, not personal recognition. That said, we would like to take a moment to thank all of our volunteers.

2017 was a busy year at St. James; and, we couldn’t have done it all without our volunteers. So, whether you volunteer one day a year, or are here several days a week, we honor your commitment to the mission of St. James Episcopal Church.

Posted on Wed, January 25, 2017 at 3:32:00 pm

Posted on Tue, September 20, 2016 at 3:01:00 pm

Last Spring, the church formed a Children’s Council to assist with programming for children and young families of St. James.   Anna Catherine Soule agreed to chair this group and immediately enlisted seven others to sit on the Council.  The Children’s Council includes Anna Catherine, Martha Vasquez, Lindsay Turner, Mary Pesses, Nancy Roberts, Amy Rabalais and Robyn Richards.

Over the summer, in conjunction with the ECW, they planned six summer playdates.  25 children attended each playdate.  The parents enjoyed fellowship while the children enjoyed the activities offered at the playdates.

This group didn’t stop there!  They also recruited volunteers to assist with Children’s Christian Education.  And, organized the curriculum for the Sunday School Classes.  We are following the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum written by the Virginia Theological Seminary and  Sunday School Classes are being offered to all age groups this year.

The Children’s Council also planned fun events for our church community.  The first one was the Saints Tailgate Party.

Sunday, September 18, all of their planning and organizing paid off!  The Children’s Sunday School classes had 10 children in the 3-5 year old class, 11 children in the 6-8 year old class, and 3 in the 9-12 year old  class. Children's Church which takes place during the 10:30 service had 21 children in attendance.  ( If your children would like to attend the Children’s Church, simply have them join the procession from the Church to Children’s Church.)

The Saints Tailgate Party was  a huge success, too!  75 parishioners enjoyed hot dogs grilled by the Holy Grillers, Candy Concessions, Popcorn, Tailgate Games while watching the game on the Gigantic Screen.

Thank You Children’s Council for your hard work!  It paid off in a big way!

The Council is already looking forward to their next event which is scheduled for Friday, November 11.  It is for our church families and is an “Almost Campout”.  Set up your tent in Bishops Hall!  Roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a very well supervised campfire outside and enjoy your fellow St. James families!  Watch the eMessengers for more information.

Posted on Tue, September 20, 2016 at 2:28:00 pm

After founding and leading the Guild of St. Martha for the past fifteen years, Mary Sentell has decided to pursue other volunteer opportunities at St. James.  For those of you unfamiliar with St. Martha's Guld, that is not surprising.  Most remain unaware of St. Martha's Guild until a loved one passes away.  The St. Martha's Guild role is to assist with funeral preparations and to act as hostesses at visitiations.  They prepare the parlor, coordiate the needs of the bereaved, greet and direct visiors.

Emily Wray Lamont has graciously agreed to to take on the leadership role of the St. Martha's Guild.

Thank you, Mary Sentell, for founding and leading this important minstry of St. James Episcopal Chuch for so many years!

Posted on Mon, June 06, 2016 at 10:38:00 am

The newly formed St. James Children's Council gathered on Sunday, June 5 to share ideas and make plans for the fall. Check back for more details.


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